CLEVELAND — Aaron Hicks called the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin case a “no-brainer.”
Hicks, who sat out a game on April 12 following the news that Daunte Wright had been killed by police in a Minneapolis suburb the day before, was encouraged by the fact that Chauvin, a former police officer, was found guilty on all three charges — second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter — and faces up to 40 years behind bars on the top charge for killing George Floyd in Minneapolis last summer.
“I think it was a no-brainer,” Hicks said Thursday before the Yankees faced the Indians at Progressive Field. “I think we have a long way to go, but I think it’s a good start.”
Hicks told Aaron Boone earlier this month he was struggling emotionally following the death of Wright, a 20-year-old unarmed black man, during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minn. — about 10 miles from where Floyd died.